Jenna D. Willis
Clinical mental health counselling program, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
Hatteras, North Carolina
NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this fellowship. As a future counselor, I know I will benefit greatly from learning how to better serve people from diverse backgrounds and how to advocate effectively for change in our society.”
Jenn D. Willis, graduate student in Appalachian’s clinical mental health counseling program
BOONE, N.C. — The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Jenna D. Willis, of Hatteras, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). Willis, a graduate student in Appalachian State University’s clinical mental health counseling program, earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2016.
As a participant in the NBCC MFP-AC, Willis will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).
The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs).
The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Willis and 33 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Upon graduation, Willis said she plans to work with people who have experiences with trauma and addiction.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this fellowship. As a future counselor, I know I will benefit greatly from learning how to better serve people from diverse backgrounds and how to advocate effectively for change in our society,” Willis said.
The NBCC Foundation has also awarded 23 doctoral fellowships through the Minority Fellowship Program and 30 master’s-level fellowships through the Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y).
The foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-AC application period in fall 2018. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, visit http://www.nbccf.org/Programs/Fellows.
About the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation
The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, more than 64,000 board-certified counselors are present in the United States and more than 50 additional countries. The foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.
About the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions for public schools, colleges and universities and various agencies. The department offers Master of Arts degrees in clinical mental health counseling, professional school counseling, college student development and marriage and family therapy. Learn more at https://hpc.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.